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Weapons Safety Award of Distinction.

TSgt Wisser displayed exceptional weapons safety knowledge and judgment in response to a ground emergency on an A-10 at Pope AFB, N.C. Upon inspection, he determined that a GAU-8 Breech bolt firing pin had failed causing every seventh round not to fire. Assessing the situation he found live 30mm rounds on either side of the system's firing sector and was unable to determine if the damaged firing pin was still partially cocked. He quickly devised a plan to isolate the gun from the feeding chute and rotate the gun in both directions away from the firing sector to remove the rounds. He then had the damaged breech assembly removed and replaced with a new one so the remaining 30mm rounds in the gun system could be safely downloaded. The importance of this decision cannot be overemphasized as the condition of the rounds was not discovered until the aircraft was back on parking spot putting three other ACC and five AMC aircraft out front in potential danger. The exceptional weapons system knowledge and quick assessment to plan of action displayed by TSgt Wisser is a model of how weapons safety should be applied.

TSgt Dennis J. Wisser

23rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron

23rd Fighter Group

Pope AFB, N.C.

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Title Annotation:MONTHLY AWARD WINNERS -- FEBRUARY
Publication:Combat Edge
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:May 1, 2007
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